By Diana L. Eck
Why realizing America's non secular panorama Is an important problem dealing with Us at the present time The Nineties observed the U.S. army fee its first Muslim chaplain and open its first mosque.There are shortly greater than 300 temples in l. a., domestic to the best number of Buddhists within the world.There are extra American Muslims than there are American Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians.
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The issue of living in a pluralist society and thinking theologically about the questions it poses is important today for every community of faith. How do we think about our own faith as we come into deeper relationship with people of other faiths and as we gain a clearer understanding of their religious lives? As a Christian, a Montana-born, lifelong Methodist who has lived and studied in India, I too have asked this question. How do I articulate my faith in a world in which neighbors, colleagues, and students live deeply religious lives in other communities of faith?
That night, I put on my black-mirrored selvar kamiz and went to the common room. There at the far end of the room, under the stern portraits of Harvard dignitaries, they had arranged an altar. Students were swirling about the room in their holiday best—the young women in a rainbow of silk saris and selvar kamizes and the young men in pressed kurtas. They had brought a range of deities for the altar, the ones they ordinarily kept on their dorm room bureaus or bookshelves in the makeshift altars of college life.
House of Representatives and offered a brief prayer as the chaplain of the day. It was the first time in American history a Muslim had done so. The imam was Siraj Wahaj, an African-American Muslim leader from Brooklyn, New York. He had turned a rundown urban corner dominated 32 A NEW RELIGIOUS AMERICA by drug dealers into a mosque, Masjid al-Taqwa, the home of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant Muslim communities. The landmark Congressional prayer was scheduled as close as possible to the Muslim holy day, Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, when Muslims remember Abraham’s faithfulness to God in preparing to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
A New Religious America: How a ''Christian Country'' Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation by Diana L. Eck